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Killed For Eyeing Boy: Parents Kill Daughter With Acid

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It’s almost unimaginable here in the states that a young girl could be subjected to such a cruel and painful fate as being burned alive with acid, but in Pakistan, where just such a thing occurred late last month, it has become a way to defend a family’s name.

Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen say that when their 15-year old daughter, Anusha, turned to look at a boy who was passing on a motorbike, she offended the family’s honor. She was immediately scolded, but the parents later decided to go further.

“She said ‘I didn’t do it on purpose. I won’t look again.’ By then I had already thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way,” Zaheen said. Her husband says he tried to wipe the acid off, but by then it was too late. The couple are parents to other children, most of whom are younger than Anusha and don’t understand why their parents are being taken from them. They say an older daughter had already brought shame to the family but didn’t go into specifics.

Such “honor killings” are not uncommon in Pakistan; over 900 girls and women were killed last year under similar circumstances, and the Human Rights Commission believes the number is actually higher due to some incidents which go unreported.

Anusha’s parents are currently being held in jail, where they share adjacent cells. They allegedly kept the girl from receiving medical attention for hours after the acid attack and told questioning neighbors she had attempted suicide.

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Zaheen, staring out from her cell

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Mohammad

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Mohammad, comforting his teary children as he is led away in chains

Killed For Eyeing Boy: Parents Kill Daughter With Acid
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  • Mary

    Yes, I know I did just that. It was to prove a point. I said “I can easily say that”, meaning I can throw around stereotypes and categorize, but I won’t (with a small hidden dagger to remind him that no one/country is perfect). So I wasn’t unintentionally being a hypocrite, just proving a point.

    Some people seem to think if you’re not Hispanic, Asian, White, Black, or European, then you are Middle Eastern. Wrong.

    Overall, I believe these parents should be punished an unimaginable punishment just like the one they induced on their daughter for simply looking in a boy’s direction. And judging from most of the comments here, it sounds like the majority hoping for the same. Kind of like an EYE FOR AN EYE- Code of Hammurabi…. hmmm… (Ancient Babylonian King from the Middle East) lol

    Love & Peace everyone :)

  • emma

    I guess she’ wasn’t supposed to look at a boy, until her parents arrange to trade her to a man for a donkey.

    • Valerie

      yeah

    • ali

      You should think before post such a comment……very heartless.

  • ray

    They couldn’t have dishonored themselves anymore by doing this …..You just can’t fix stupid

  • JDintheOC

    These parents aren’t any better than the Alqaeda members who shot that girl in the head. I hope they rot in hell, forever haunted by the image of their daughter!

  • Richard Patterson

    You can expect that in a third world country!!!! They’re so far behind the rest of the world that it’s pathetic!!!! How did their daughter get here if her parents didn’t look at each other!!!! See how backwards they think!!!!

    • quietstorm1x

      @ Richard Patterson: That’s a very good point…

  • Maia

    America’s 500 year addiction of abject racism is just as barbaric don’t you agree? What are we going to do about our problem with primordial barbarisms rooted in the history of christanity?

    • Lol

      Your right (sarcastic)
      America has made no progress in 500 years! Really? think before you post

    • johnfromchicago

      Show me a christian who has done this to their children. Show me ONE christian who has stapped bombs to his child believing that the child would go to heaven as a martyr. DON’T confuse Christianity with Islam. They are polar opposites.

      • Carlos

        You forget that Islam is a relatively new religion as compared to Christianity and Judeism. Go back not even a century and a half and people justified slavery by using the Bible. Go back another century and people were burned at the stake accused of witchcraft. If we ever let politicians try to bring that “old time religion” back to control our laws who knows what could happen in this country. Just look at Nazi Germany just a mere 60 years ago when some fanatic convinced seemily rational people to scapegoat a whole people based solely on their religious beliefs as a threat to their Christian society. Believe me we aren’t that different from these people in Pakistan.

        • saved?

          No matter what U have done if U have confessed the hope in Christ,and confessed your sin(S) in hell U will not lift up your eyes.??

        • Enemosentem

          You so stupid Islam is the only religion that is stayed consistent through the beginning of time since then not ONE word of the holy Quran has changed and by the way I can think of christians killing more people than everyone else combined they need to expire every one of you disrespecttful chistians so you can go get pooped on in hell Insha’Allah

        • Chriztina

          narcissism, mental illness and stupidity can show up in any culture and religion: does anyone else remember the young woman who put her infant in the oven thinking it was demonically possessed?

          • Deb McFarland

            That is an isolated incident, not a practice endorsed by an entire religion! Doi.

    • Mike

      Obviously your right Christianity has a sad record as well BUT– this history doesn’t make what these parents did right. It is very odd to me that all people on this earth claim God is “LOVE” does this act say “LOVE” to you. Or does it say “EGO”? I really don’t think these parents will suffer any punishment the area will wait and when the worlds eyes are off them this Mom and Dad will go free to care for their remaining kids. Lets hope these kids heed their parents warning if you cross mom and Dad you “WILL DIE”

    • http://yahoo stephrn carr

      whar an idiotic statement the constitution refers to keeping organized religion out of government and from dictating how people live their lives by government dictate not keeping religious people out of politics.racism occurred mainly during the slave trade by wealthy northern land owners who treated poor white sharecroppers and tenant farmers the same as former slaves.

    • David Foster

      You do not know what you’re saying or talking about. It’s obvious you have never taken U.S. History 101. Stop making rants just to make them. It doesn’t make you important or meaningful. Just lets everyone know how stupid and ignorant your thoughts are. Read real U.S. History and stop trying to link our culture to this barbaric culture.

  • Maia

    I’m looking forward to the day when the USA emerges out of the religious dark ages. Surely, we can see what religiosity is doing to us. Maybe Pakistan is our mirror sould we have the courage to look. Do we have the courage to look in the mirror and see ourselves in the eyes of another?

  • johnfromchicago

    Islam is such a peaceful religion.

  • http://webpronewss redd cheries

    Women have more power than they think.Women just tend to do things backwards,but exspect good results.Women take dating whey to serious.Providing men with sex outside of marriage.And this takes a emotional toll on them.Not using proper birth control,even if the mans is resistant to it.Putting up with abuse and lies for love.Settling for less.Not having a strong enough say in the marriage,and the rearing of the children,and the fiances.But always especting for things to work out;half of the time they don’t.A Women’s voice matters.Her life matters,the children she brings into the world matters.She should not wait on the approval of a man,because what she does’nt understand and men all ready KNOW…A MAN is nothing..nothing without a WOMAN.She should find..her strenght.. and comfort..and power inknowing she brings forth the next generation.And that is and AMAZING thing.That’s God’s gift to man…. a woman .Love your self first.

    • http://OUTRAGED wfbax@pacbell.net

      Of course the first thing someone does is to blame this child! I don’t know where you live (obviously English is not your first language) but as the writer of this article states, this is a very common thing that happens in Pakistan…and what they didn’t say is that it is very common in (probably) all Muslim countries. It happens here in the US in Muslim families (Shariah law)and many people here think it’s okay “because their religion requires it and we have freedom of religion”. No matter what country you live in and no matter what your religion is, a 15 year old girl is not yet a woman. No matter in what religion or country you’re raised, it is almost second nature for a child to turn and look at a motor bike. This child would probably have done the same thing even if a girl was on it. Of course, in Pakistan it is highly doubtful a girl or woman would have been allowed to ride a motor bike! But to automatically become irate because a child or woman looks at someone is maniacal! And the fact that it was the MOTHER who would do this is even worse! Of course the father probably ranted and raved at his wife and accused her of everything under the sun and probably told her that it was her DUTY to DISCIPLINE the girl. It’s an awful thing to say, but the poor little thing is probably better off. Every country in the world should find this to be an antediluvian and horrific practice…and every man, woman and child should be outraged at such treatment of ANY human being. I’m pretty sure that these “people” wouldn’t even treat a dog in such a manner! Actually “people” does NOT refer to beings of this sort…the true words that should be used for beings who would do such things as this are as follows: abominable, animalistic, barbarous, base, bestial, boorish, brutal, brute, brutish, cruel, depraved, disgusting, feral, foul, inhuman, irrational, loathsome, low, monstrous, obscene, piggish, prurient, repulsive, sadistic, swinish, unclean, vile.

    • quietstorm1x

      @ red cherries… Well, first of all, your spelling and punctuation is atrocious, but that’s not why we’re here, are we? I think you have a misconception of the article. Clearly you have a fixation with the empowerment of women. Fine, but funny… The setting takes place in Pakistan, not AMERICA!!! Everything you stated in your comments may apply to an American woman, but sadly, and unfortunately enough, it’s not the “way of life” in many of those mid-east countries… Those women live in fear of their husbands which is why they are not at liberty to apply the American liberal culture in their countries. Chances are, the wife/mom was scared to oppose her husband’s cruel, inhumane acts for fear of her own life… You with me so far?… Another thing is, men don’t “NEED” women… They both need each other… It almost sounds like you or someone close to you were hurt in a relationship that didn’t materialize the way it was anticipated. I know a number of single men and women whom are absolutely unhappy without a significant other in their lives, so again, in the long run they need each other. The older you get, the more you come to terms with this… May the Good Lord bless the poor child’s soul. How very unfortunate…

  • azie

    indefensibly crude and utterly barbaric just goes to show you can’t let religious dogma drive the state, separation of church and state is not only sensible but necessary in defense of justice, liberty and common sense. May she rest in peace, God bless her soul.

  • Libby

    The poor girl was probably not even thinking of the boy when she turned. how many times do our eyes wonder while we have other thoughts in our mind.Shows how stupid this parents really are. I hope they get punished here on earth before they forever burn in hell.

  • Jasmine Martin

    This story makes me sick. I cannot believe such evil exists in the world. What a horrible mother and father. I can’t imagine killing my own child. I don’t know a lot about Pakistan’s culture, but it seems like a complete living hell, for women, in particular. A poor, innocent girl suffering and dying at the hands of her own parents? It makes me so depressed to think that people like her parents exist in the world. Not everyone has parents who love and care for them. But no one should ever have to endure parents who place no value on their life. What is the mother thinking? Really. How shameful is it for them to be standing in jail now, with their story plastered all over world news? Sheer evil and stupidity.

    • cinnamom28

      wow…makes me think my racist cousin would act in an equally cruel way if he were to have a kid who looks at some non-caucasian or non-full-blooded, except maybe Native American that way or he assumes. he probably hates to even acknowledge his ancestry as it is.

  • http://goggle larry tibbs

    if i rember american did the same thing to a black boy who l0oked at a white and it was ok

    • David Foster

      It was NOT okay and this was not the way of American culture. It was just crazy racially prejudiced ignorant white people who did this. Nobody, not even other whites approved of that.

    • Hi there

      I remember when black folks killed a white boy for looking at a black girl… Noone cares when white people get killed

    • DC

      It’s not OK idiot. It was not ok then and it is not ok now. Murder is Murder regardless of skin color, religion, or anything else.

  • Ajeta

    We are all God children!! But here you have people that don’t care about giving or taking away life. Remember 9/11!!!!

  • http://yahoomail blessing odu

    the parent there are very wicketh to do such a thing to their child, anyway the should not do them anything

  • http://cnn Chris Boston

    This story absolutely sickening. I love my kids and would never harm them. This couple needs to spend the rest of their lives in prison for first degree murder! No time off for time served or any of that other garbage that would work in their favor. It is natural for boys and girls to look at each other, but killing a child because he or she does so because it is said to dishonor the family? How can they claim being dihonored when they kill their own child?!!

  • http://www.yahoo.cm Hendrina

    Totally inhuman!

  • Donald

    Islam is a religion created by a power hungry man that does not care about life especially the life of women. I am a Blackman and I know about the racial tension in America everyday it is getting better because we are working to change it and make it better. But in these backward Islamic countries it is getting worse day by day. They kill woman and girls easy as swatting a fly, if you don’t see a problem you need to go live in one of these countries and you will see that is if you live. The Western world are the only power that are challenging the fanatics.

  • http://0 rclabaugh

    sickening God rest this child’s soul

  • Fati Alhassan

    See how helpless some children are, even at the peril of their lives.

  • ali

    Hey,

    Why you people make fales stories about Pakistan No sach incident happen here in pakistan. and All of you people who just read the news and start comments please 1st confrim the source. Go to google and write “Killed For Eyeing Boy: Parents Kill Daughter With Acid” you will find not a 1 pakistani news source…..hence you will find indian, USA, British..
    “Amanda Crum” Dont make these kind of fales stories.

    • DC

      Sorry Abdul, looks like this is true

      • Chris

        I am sure the news in Pakistan is completely trustworthy….NOT

      • Mark

        And how is the 14 year old girl who was shot in the head for going to school doing? As I recall she was rescued by British imperialists who she could get oppressive Western health care.

        • stg58

          You forgot to say “Death to America”.

  • DC

    Most every comment here is based on condeming someone or something. When will we all learn to be civilized to each other. Love our families, children and our neighbors regardless of their color, or religion. Oh I’m sorry, must have had a senior moment, this is Earth and we are Human. The answer is obviously NEVERRRRRRRRRRR!!!

  • Chris

    They should both get acid thrown in their faces, but then get treated just before they die so they have to live out their lives….in jail, but with horribly deformed and disgusting faces…and that would even be too lenient

  • Am

    This is why Muslims sicken me, it’s not just extremists, their whole culture needs to be wiped from the face of the earth.

    • Chris

      You are ignorant

      • stg58

        Chris,

        You are the ignorant one. Islam will not stop the violence and conquest until it is destroyed or it is the dominant religion on earth.

        • Aleem Alibhai

          “Islam will not stop the violence and conquest until it is destroyed or it is the dominant religion on earth” this statement proves your ignorance to the world around you. I am not sure you realise this but your statement can just as easily be applied to almost any religion known today. Due to your fluency in the English language I am assuming you live in the “western world”, Probably Canada or the United States of America. I would like to remind you that both of these countries were brought into the world by European “violence and conquest”. European explorers, all of which were Christian, arrived at and subsequently conquered both these places, whipping out the rightful owners of the land by means of furious onslaught and genocide. I would also like to bring up the infamous Christian Adolf Hitler. In Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf, he wrote about his belief in Christian supremacy. He was also the leader of Germany and ordered the genocide of approximately six million Jews and started world war two.
          I am a proud Shia Ismaili Muslim living in Canada. I do not personally know a single Muslim that is a convicted felon. Islam is a religion based on the ethics of kindness and caring. The actions of extremists should not and cannot be the basis of your views on our religion. The actions of this couple is not sanctioned by Islam, it is purely cultural. Just as it is cultural for women to wear clothes that reveal skin in America, it is cultural for women to not be allowed to wear revealing clothes in Pakistan. It has nothing to do with religion as I know many Muslim women who wear the same brand of clothing as Christian women. You were brought up with certain morals and ethics, this defines what you believe is right and what is wrong. People in Pakistan were brought up with different morals; they believe, to some extent, that this kind of behavior is acceptable (obviously not throwing acid on someone’s face seeing as they ARE in jail). Even in Canada and America I have heard stories on the news were an infant was put into the microwave for crying too much. This is obviously not acceptable but, it still happened. Should someone from Pakistan read such an article they too would assume all Americans put their children in microwaves for acting up. Is this fair? Absolutely not! We must remember to look at things through the eyes of others before making such comments. Isolated events must be left isolated and not associated with entire nationalities or religions. In no way, shape or form am I saying what these parents did was acceptable and neither do their people seeing as they are in jail.
          In the future please refrain from posting defamatory comments without first looking into the situation thoroughly. And if you still feel that your opinion is true, please refrain from posting it onto the internet. Thank you.

    • Haym

      Anyone who says all Muslims are terrorists/violent/animalistic is uneducated and ignorant. There are over 3 Billion Muslims in the world and an estimated 500,000 muslim jihadist terrorists. That means roughly 0.02% of muslims are terrorists.
      Now Im just guessing, but its likely that more then 0.02% of Americans are in prison for violent crimes. Using your logic, all Americans are violent criminals. People like you are why our world can’t get along. You’re just as bad as these parents; wanting to kill or maim people because you dont share their religion.

      Cites; CIA estimated figures from January 2012

  • Mark

    And thanks in part to our “trading partner” China, Pakistan has nuclear weapons. After we educated most of the Pakistani scientists right here. Love that globalization!

  • susan

    Women in the mideast have a very long way to go. Unfortunately, it will be spreading to the rest of the world eventually. It would take a true act of God to change things for the Muslim women. So sad for this way of thinking. They are not allowed to be human beings because of extreme fear.

  • cafenitro

    We have people here in America who would like to take us back to this kind of thing.

    • stg58

      Cafenitro,

      Do you mean muslims here in the United States?

  • cafenitro

    Muslims? What about Paul Ryan / Aiken / THE GOP?!!

  • michael

    sucks belonging to a species that’s too stupid to save itself

  • Chriztina

    What parent carries around a jar of acid at all times, just in case his child does something he doesn’t approve? To do this to any child, let alone one’s own, is to me unthinkable. I can’t help suspecting there must be more to this story…insurance policy maybe?

  • Gary

    AND WE CALL OURSELVES HUMANS!!!!

  • linda logan

    these people have no sense,if you think about it,how did this girls mom get those kids she no only looked at their dad,but she also had sex with him..did anyone drown her with acid!!!!!

    • Chriztina

      she probably never even met him until the wedding ceremony.It is so difficult for those of us trained from birth to think for ourselves to understand a culture where girls are not ALLOWED to think at all.

  • jay price

    God almighty these people are savages. We consider Pakistan an ally and we send billions of american dollars to a nation that lives in the dark ages. I say to hell with Pakistan. These are the same people that hid that filthy dog Osama has-been Laden. Thank God we got rid of that fool. Thank God I live in America, land of the free!!!

    • Aleem Alibhai

      KKK are all over America they too are terrorists…. just remember when you point a finger there are always more pointing back.

  • COOLC GUY

    STOP HATEING Comments THIS HAS NOTHING TO WITH YOU ALL SO SHUT UP OK

    • H8rter

      K

  • Aleem Alibhai

    I am a proud Shia Ismaili Muslim living in Canada. I do not personally know a single Muslim that is a convicted felon. Islam is a religion based on the ethics of kindness and caring. The actions of extremists should not and cannot be the basis of your views on our religion. The actions of this couple is not sanctioned by Islam, it is purely cultural. Just as it is cultural for women to wear clothes that reveal skin in America, it is cultural for women to not be allowed to wear revealing clothes in Pakistan. It has nothing to do with religion as I know many Muslim women who wear the same brand of clothing as Christian women. You were brought up with certain morals and ethics, this defines what you believe is right and what is wrong. People in Pakistan were brought up with different morals; they believe, to some extent, that this kind of behavior is acceptable (obviously not throwing acid on someone’s face seeing as they ARE in jail). Even in Canada and America I have heard stories on the news were an infant was put into the microwave for crying too much. This is obviously not acceptable but, it still happened. Should someone from Pakistan read such an article they too would assume all Americans put their children in microwaves for acting up. Is this fair? Absolutely not! We must remember to look at things through the eyes of others before making such comments. Isolated events must be left isolated and not associated with entire nationalities or religions. In no way, shape or form am I saying what these parents did was acceptable and neither do their people seeing as they are in jail.
    In the future please refrain from posting defamatory comments without first looking into the situation thoroughly. And if you still feel that your opinion is true, please refrain from posting it onto the internet. Thank you.

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